'''Knut Hamsun''' (August 4, 1859 – February 19, 1952) was a major Norwegian writer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature
in 1920. Hamsun's work spans more than 70 years and shows variation with regard to the subject, perspective and environment. He published more than 20 novels, a collection of poetry, some short stories and plays, a Travel literature|travelogue
, and some essay
The young Hamsun objected to Literary realism|realism
and Naturalism (literature)|naturalism
. He argued that the main object of modernist literature
should be the intricacies of the human mind, that writers should describe the "whisper of blood, and the pleading of bone marrow".
[Knut Hamsun (1890). "Fra det ubevidste Sjæleliv", ''Samtiden'', September 1890]
Hamsun is considered the "leader of the Neo-Romantic revolt at the turn of the 20th century", with works such as ''Hunger (Hamsun novel)|Hunger
'' (1890), ''Mysteries...